The Lord-Lieutenant of Suffolk, Clare, Countess of Euston, is delighted to congratulate the four Suffolk organisations announced on 2 June as winners of the The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2022. The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, is the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK, the equivalent of an MBE.
The Lord-Lieutenant commented “These four marvellous and varied groups reflect the depth and breadth of volunteering right across our county. The announcement today, as always on the anniversary of Her Majesty’s coronation, 20 years after it was created, is especially significant in her Platinum Jubilee Year and at the height of our Festival of Suffolk, making it all the more memorable for them all”.
The four Suffolk volunteer groups winning this prestigious national award today are:
Providing essential support services to Suffolk’s growing minority
ethnic communities. Also delivering cultural events to bring together
people from all backgrounds and promote mutual understanding.
Bury St Edmunds Rickshaw
Hosting rickshaw rides and eco-delivery services to those suffering social isolation, disability or accessibility issues around town.
Halesworth Volunteer Centre
Providing practical support and befriending isolated and vulnerable
members of a rural community for over 35 years.
Suffolk Lowland Search & Rescue
Searching for vulnerable missing adults and children in Suffolk and surrounding counties, and saving lives.
Suffolk’s four winners are among 244 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups across the UK to receive the Queen’s Award this year. The number of nominations remains high year on year, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to make life better for those around them.
The groups will each receive the award crystal and certificate signed by HM The Queen from the Lord-Lieutenant of Suffolk later this summer. Two volunteers from each organisation will be invited to attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace.